Now that the extreme cold weather has broken just a bit and I cab return to my studio, I can write again. Still wearing 2 sweaters in here, but it's habitable. So let's take a moment and celebrate that mainstay of vintage fashion, the 1940s to early 1950s tailored garment. Women wore suits in those years. And not just professional working women. A suit was a basic wardrobe feature. With the right blouse, shoes and jewelry, not to mention hat, a suit could go to lunch, work, to church or to dinner. When I started collecting in the early 1980s, padded shoulders were just coming in and so was the infamous 1980s Power Suit. So women who loved vintage and worked in offices started buying these suits up - they had the fitted waist, shoulders, and straighter skirts they were into. These stayed hot through the 1990s, then waned just a bit. But I tell you, they seem to be back. Is it 1940s nostalgia? Could be. Is it the appreciation of the workmanship? Possible. Or the high quality fabrics? Maybe. Or is it that this era from 1940 - 1955 just had great suits and women like them?
First up, two striped wool suits from the 40s, both from California stores. The stripe placement on the cream and taupe jacket is complex and works wonderfully. This takes quality cutting and construction skills to accomplish. High quality. The second is a bit more traditional, but I really like the grey and wine color combo and the nipped waist.
1940s Ladies Striped Wool Jacket from Bullock’s SZ S
1940s Ladies Striped Wool Jacket in Grey and Red SZ S/M
And of course, the classic navy suit in gabardine. The top one has a detachable capelet. Both the jacket and the capelet carry a diagonal patch pocket with fold down flap. The silhouette here is slim and long. The second suit is one for the more curvy gal, with a shorter jacket and flared gore skirt - but again, has those dressmaker details I have come to appreciate so much.
Late 1940s Ladies Navy Blue Gab Caped Vintage Suit SZ S
1940s Ladies Navy Blue Gab Vintage Suit SZ M